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How to avoid stress at Christmas

Ah, December. Deck the halls and let it snow – it’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year. Or is it? For lots of people, Christmas is a stress-fest from start to finish. And there are good reasons why so many of us fear the festive season. High expectations, enforced family visits, and a to-do list the length of War…

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15 minutes with… fashion designer Louisa Parris

Louisa Parris’ eye-catching designs have graced the pages of Elle and Vogue and her vibrant new AW18 collection has just dropped at Fenwick. I caught up with this talented fashion designer to find out more about her creative process. Louisa also explains how she blends art and architecture with design. And you can find out why she loves experimenting with bold…

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How to renovate a house

Are you considering buying a house, which is crying out for a makeover? Then I suggest you follow the ups and downs of living in a renovation project with me. In the first of our renovation series, I reveal the first steps my family and I took in order to renovate a house on a budget…

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Choosing your kitchen design

There is nothing more exciting than that moment when you can choose your kitchen design during a renovation. In fact, I know as I have been doing just that for my family’s ‘project’ home. However, it can be tricky to decide where to start and seriously think about what you need to do. So follow my expert guide on how…

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15 mins with… furniture maker Stuart of Stuart Scott

Enjoy my exclusive interview with furniture maker Stuart Scott as he reveals how he created such a successful brand, what inspires him and how the team design and make every piece, from luxury sofas to occasional tables, in England. You can even discover his furniture trend predictions for 2019. So, are you sitting comfortably?

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15 mins with…interiors & architecture photographer Richard Gooding

Richard Gooding reveals all on why photography became his passion, his family life and some of his favourite projects. With published work in the Andrew Martin Design Review and Homes & Gardens, to name a few, I also find out where he gets his inspiration from. So, get comfy and enjoy my exclusive interview with the successful interiors and architecture…

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Why chocolate is good for you

The nation’s love of chocolate knows no bounds. Nor should it! On top of being delicious, it can work wonders for your body too (honest!). Apparently, it boosts mood, reduces blood pressure and even lowers stress – and that’s on top of tasting pretty darn good! To reap the benefits, the key is to choose chocolate with a high cocoa…

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How to find a good builder

Want to end up with a good builder? These days, it seems we’re all turning to the experts to carry out essential, major building works. After all, you may find your amateur skills just won’t cut it and you’ll make costly, time-consuming mistakes if you attempt to do it yourself. However, help is at hand as I know exactly what’s…

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How to combat dull skin

Autumn has well and truly arrived, bringing with it cooler temperatures, shorter days – and dry, dull skin. If you enjoyed soaking up the sun over the summer, your complexion is probably paying the price. Common post-summer skin concerns include dullness, dehydration and hyper-pigmentation. Less fresh air, high central heating and stodgy autumnal comfort foods often exacerbate the situation. Luckily,…

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6 deliciously seasonal autumn foods

Whether it’s crisp mornings, colourful leaves or cosy jumpers, there’s a lot to love about autumn. But it also happens to be when some of the UK’s tastiest veg are harvested. Carrots, onions and garlic are just some of the many ingredients at their prime right now. So this simple combination of autumn food can form the basis of everything…

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